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Slain NIA officer Tanzil: This is what neighbours in Okhla and Jamia alumnus say about braveheart

The death of National Investigation Agency or NIA officer in Bijnor of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday night is being mourned in his adopted home Okhla.

Many Jamia Nagar residents remember the brave officer who was shot dead by two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle near Sahaspur town as very friendly and down to earth. Also he was alumnus of Jamia Millia Islamia. Md Rasees, a neighbour, told OKHLATIMES that he never used to flaunt his position.

“He was down to earth and mingled with neighbours and always ready to help them when ever approached. He was living in Abul Fazal Enclave for the last fifteen years. We never came to know that he was working for the NIA. Just four days ago he contributed to construction of a lane in the locality.” Another neighbour Md Farooque told OKHLATIMES that he was a nice person.

“His brothers and other relatives used to live here. He was a friendly man. It is not only a loss to the country but also the locality.” Sajid Ali told OKHLATIMES that he used to interact with him. “I used to see him drop his children to schools.” A large number of men and women of all ages had turned up at his house to receive his body that arrived in the evening. It is understood that last prayer would be held after Isha.

OKHLATIMES  was not able to confirm it.

Jamia alumnus Ali Arshad wrote: “Tall, handsome, full of fun and laughter. This was Mohammed Tanzeel , DSP, NIA.  He was a part of us as he too was Jamiaite and a hostel mate. Quite a popular one on the Jamia campus. Hard to find many who can match his friendly nature with so much of fun and laughter.  They say he was shot dead. I find it hard to believe. He was so harmless.”

Another alumnus Zubair Irshad too shared his photo and message about his death. Tanzil, 45, and his wife Farzana were shot at from close range by two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle near Sahaspur town, reported NDTV.

Daljit Chowdhry, an Additional Director General of the UP Police said: “Nothing can be ruled out. A very serious offence has taken place in the district and we have taken it very seriously. The body has been sent for postmortem and details of what actually happened will soon come out.” “He (Mohammed Tanzil), along with his wife, was returning from the wedding of his niece when two unidentified people on a motorcycle stopped his car around 12.45 am and shot at him,” Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Bhagwan Swaroop had earlier said. Tanzil’s brother, Raghib Ahmed, said: “He had no enmity against anyone. He was a friendly, cheerful person.”

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